APA Legislators React to Las Vegas Massacre

WASHINGTON — Asian Pacific American members of Congress issued the following statements about the shooting at a country music concert in Las Vegas on Sunday that left 58 people dead and nearly 500 wounded.

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii): “My thoughts today are with Nevadans. Hawaii sends our aloha to Las Vegas, our ninth island community. With yet another horrific mass shooting, when will Congress stand up to the NRA? This senseless violence must end.”

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.): “My heart goes out to the victims of the tragic shooting in Las Vegas last night and their loved ones. Such senseless and horrifying acts of violence have no place in America or any other nation. The law enforcement officers and first responders who put their lives on the line to protect others deserve our solemn thanks for their bravery and courage in the face of the deadliest shooting in our country’s history.”

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.): “This morning, we awoke to horrific news out of Las Vegas. More than 50 people were murdered and over 500 more injured, at the hands of a lone gunman. Our hearts break for the victims and their families. We pray for a full recovery for those wounded, and are grateful to the brave first responders for their heroic actions on the scene. My thoughts are especially with the California officers and firefighters who were injured.

“This kind of tragedy has become too routine in America. As a nation, we are weary. We’ve lost far too many of our classmates, friends, family members, and children to gun violence. That’s why as we pray for those recovering, we also must commit ourselves to action. Another moment of silence won’t suffice. Ninety Americans are killed, on average, every day by guns. We cannot simply throw up our hands or continue to justify the presence of weapons of war whose primary purpose is to kill the largest number of human beings in the shortest amount of time possible. We must honestly acknowledge the epidemic of gun violence and work together, now, to curb it.”